Traveling LGBTQ History Panels

Panel 1 - What's This About Homosexuality   Panel 5 - Harry Hay Founds the Mattachine Society   

The ONE Archives Foundation is the leading provider of innovative, high quality traveling exhibitions that educate, engage, and enthuse the general public about significant events and individuals in LGBTQ history.

Panels in hallway 7   Aera display 2

Left: Photo courtesy of UnErased;          Right: Photo courtesy of Aera Energy

The exhibitions feature hundreds of rare images and many never before seen documents from ONE’s renowned collection along with informative text that enrich and deepen the general public’s knowledge of LGBTQ history.

Panels in hallway 10        Panels in hallway 9

Photos courtesy of UnErased

Our traveling exhibitions build upon ONE’s long legacy of providing innovative, ground breaking educational programs about the LGBTQ experience to worldwide audiences for the last 60 years. LGBTQ history exhibitions are ideal for:

  • Universities, Secondary Schools
  • Corporate Events
  • Employee Diversity Initiatives
  • Community Events
  • Libraries, Government Spaces, Cultural Institutions and Venues
  • Entertainment Events/Fundraisers

Each ready to install panel exhibition is composed of 15-40 lightweight foam core panels ranging in size from 18″ x 24″  to 24″ x 36″. Exhibitions can be downloaded as high resolution PDF’s for digital presentations or for printing locally, or can be shipped fully printed and ready to go. Exhibitions can also be purchased in sections. Depending on the unique needs of the space, the panels can be displayed on easels, secured to a wall, or hung.

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Current Exhibitions

Note: All exhibitions are in production at this time.

The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement
Size: 24 x 36 inches, 39 panels

Panel 3 - Lavender Scare          Panel 12 - The Stonewall Riots

This exhibit explores the incredibly inspiring journey of the LGBTQ Civil Rights movement from World War II to present day. Explore the beginning of “gayborhoods” in the 1940’s, the Lavender Scare in the 1950’s, the Stonewall Riots and the beginning of organized protests in the 1960’s, the beginning of Pride and a cohesive national movement in the 1970’s, the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s, the beginning of gay marriage in the 1990’s and the explosion of rights in the 2000’s. Learn about important LGBTQ organizations, activists, groups, and events that have defined this movement as one of the most important civil rights advancements of the last century.

Panel 34-Marriage Equality           Panel 20 - Revolt in Print


Legendary Lesbians
Size: 18 x 24 inches, 22 panels

elaine       katharine, katharine, jane, &lilian-s

This exhibition highlights notable lesbians from around the world who accomplished over a hundred years’ worth of firsts in the fields of science, politics, arts, and much more. Learn about Dr. Susan Love, the “founding mother” of the breast cancer advocacy movement, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, Deborah Batts, the first out gay person appointed to the federal bench, and Ann Bancroft, the first woman to cross the ice to both poles, and many more extraordinary women. From provocateurs to politicians, Notable Lesbians showcases the women who played a crucial role in the visibility and acceptance of the lesbian community through their activism, works, and achievements in the real world.

ellen and rosie           radclyffe hall-s


Heroes of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement
Size: 18 x 24 inches, 21 panels

Harvey Milk          Bayard Rustin

This exhibition highlights the remarkable LGBTQ pioneers that have made significant contributions to the movement’s history and were front and center at the birth of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. This exhibition explores heroes such as Christine Jorgensen, one of the first to undergo gender reassignment surgery, Frank Kameny, who co-founded the Mattachine Society and helped organize some of the first public gay and lesbian protests in 1965, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon who co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian organization in the U.S, Elaine Noble, the first openly LGBTQ person elected to state office, Larry Kramer, who co-founded one of the first organizations to confront the epidemic, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and Bayard Rustin,  one of the most important and influential civil rights activists of the 20th century who worked alongside Martin Luther King

Jeanne Cordova and Audre Lorde          Cheryl Chase, Sylvia Rivera, Lou Sullivan, and Christine Jorgensen



AIDS Timeline
Size: 24 x 36 inches, 14 panels

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This exhibit provides an insight into the history of the AIDS crisis starting in 1981. AIDS highlights the first usage of the term in 1982, documenting the trajectory of the epidemic through politics, activist organizations, and the search for a cure. Information and images for this timeline were culled from the extensive collections at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, one of the largest repositories of AIDS-related materials in the United States.


Lesbian History
Size: 24 x 36 inches

Panel 2 - Early Lesbian History           

This exhibition covers lesbian history from 1700 BCE to present day, highlighting the remarkable events and individuals that have made significant contributions to the movement’s history. From romantic friendships in the 1920’s to the first lesbian publication in the 1940’s, to the birth of lesbian feminism in the 1970’s, this exhibition explores the remarkable writers, activists, artists, and educators who have defined the movement over the last 100 years.

          Panel 21 - 2000s cont'd

Homosexuality: From Illness to Identity
Size: 24 x 36 inches

Not long after translators included the term “homosexuals” in the bible, the American Psychiatric Association included homosexuality in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This exhibition explores the various ways that mental health professionals attempted to treat homosexual patients over the last two centuries. Although some therapists attempted to “cure” homosexuality through psychotherapy, many employed aversive methods, including electroshock treatment and use of drugs to produce discomfort—neurosurgeons even performed involuntary psychosurgeries on individuals confined in mental institutions and prison units. As activists began to speak out and views on homosexuality shifted, the psychiatric community followed suit by removing homosexuality from the DSM and later, demonstrating support for LGBTQ rights. More recently, the LGBTQ community and allies, aided by psychologists providing evidentiary support, have been working to ban reparative therapy and disband the ex-gay movement.

Christopher Street West – Available for Rent only
Size: 18 x 48 inches

Since the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement, Los Angeles has always been at the forefront of the activism. Christopher Street West was started in 1970 to organize a march that would commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This exhibition explores the history of Pride in Los Angeles, beginning in 1970, with the first ever city-sanctioned Pride march in the U.S. That first march drew hundreds, and since then has grown into one of the nation’s largest Pride parades and Festivals, drawing thousands from all over the country. This exhibit highlights the history of Pride in Los Angeles from the very first parade up to the modern celebrations of Pride today.

Sponsorship Information

Want to show your support for the preservation of LGBTQ history? Do you wish to market your business to a broad, diverse audience nationwide who share your common interests? All of our traveling exhibitions are available for sponsorship!  Exhibitions have a direct level of consumer participation and an additional credibility  factor unmatched by most other sponsorship opportunities..

As a sponsor of a ONE Archives Foundation Traveling LGBTQ History Exhibition, you will enjoy the close association with local community organizations, educational institutions, and cultural and civic and venue partners. This partnership allows you, as a sponsor, to reach large, like minded, invested audiences through the inherent educational value each exhibition brings.

Contact for more information on sponsorship opportunities.


Current Sponsors

ONE Archives Foundation would like to thank the following individuals for their generous sponsorship of a LGBTQ History Exhibition:

ONE Board Member, Jeffrey W. Erdman, and Roberta Bennett, Bennett and Erdman

ONE Board Member, Tracy Moore

Dr. E Jaye Johnson and Rev. Patricia Dershem

Dr. Mark Katz

ONE Volunteer, Charles Schewene

Edith Windsor

David Hensley and Jim Deaton

Tom Liebengood

Dale and Cindy Francescon

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